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HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE

Hawthorne Racecourse (4/3/04)

Contact: Jim Miller
(708) 780-3700

"Shoes" Takes Lost Code Breeders' Cup

STICKNEY, IL -- Wildcat Shoes, owned by Patricia Blass and trained by William Fires, lived up to his popularity with a three and a half length score in Saturday's Lost Code Breeders' Cup Stakes. Content to track the brisk early pace set by Danieltown, "Shoes" grabbed the lead at the top of the stretch and extended his lead under moderate urging. Danieltown finished four and a half lengths ahead of Wild Eventure who came running late to get up for third.

Wildcat Shoes' race was especially impressive since he whacked his head on the gate right before the start. This was a matter of concern for his rider but, as it turned out, it didn't affect his effort.

Eibar Coa, the jockey of first place finisher Wildcat Shoes was having a career day. He had just won the Illinois Derby aboard Pollard's Vision. "This is one of my lucky days where everything worked out right. He hit his head very hard in the gate right before the break and I was concerned that he was going to be a little dizzy. But even after that he went on to win the race. I thought he was going to be a little tired at the end but he was just much the best."

"I was pleased with the way he ran," said William H. Fires, trainer of winner Wildcat Shoes. "It was pretty much what we expected but you never know. He was a little tough in the gate and hit his nose real hard but everything worked out well. I am not sure what is next. We will take him back to Churchill and see how he comes out of the race and go from there."

Patricia Blass, owner of first place finisher Wildcat Shoes, was also elated. "I am very happy. We raised this horse and we raced his mom, grandma and great grandma. They were all stakes winners."

Rafael Bejarano, rider of second place finisher Danieltown, was pleased but had hoped for something more. "My horse is very tough. He likes being by himself. We were running easy but as soon as he got company turning for home he got very nervous and lost his concentration. He ran good but if we could keep him from losing it as soon as he gets company, he would be something else."

They covered the six furlongs in 1:11.00 after fractions of 21.67; 44.76; and 57.21. Wildcat Shoes paid $4.60, $3.40, $2.40. Danieltown returned $4.60 and $3.20. Wild Eventure brought back $3.40 to show. The $2 4-6 Exacta paid $21.00. The $2 4-6-5 Trifecta returned $103.60. The $2 4-6-5-2 Superfecta returned $254.20.

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